Make In India Push

The new Government promises to turn India as preferable manufacturing destination. With much promoted initiative “Make In India”, Investors looked back to country’s untapped potential in certain sectors including manufacturing.
Not surprisingly, The Government of India took internet route to promote the ambition. Interestingly, Its social media handles run quiz educating the community about updated policies in this regard with the hashtag #MakeInIndia being active on social media.

If you are interested too, then
www.makeinindia.gov.in/
https://www.facebook.com/makeinindiaofficial
www.twitter.com/makeinindia_

67 years old independent India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. After liberalising the economy in 1990s, Investments surged and growth multiplied. With changing trends, there is need to simplify the whole economy to create pro-business environment. Investors around the world are skeptical about red-tapism.
India has recorded significant growth in exporting automobiles. Imagine your dream car running on foreign roads with ‘Made In India’ tag. How proud ?

There is another side to it:
RBI Governor has cautioned the Government saying the demand in developed nations is decreasing and so, the market being India – ‘Make For India’.

It is obvious that China and India are biggest consumer markets. China has been successful as global manufacturing hub and now India follows the same.
Here are some must haves in the process :
#Simplified tax structure is the need of the hour and hence GST on cards.

#Labour reforms : It simply doesn’t only include payouts, but also the cultural side. When a foreign company comes to set up its unit near a village, communication gap between company officials and villagers need to be filled. This is learnt from British rule.

#Infrastructure : Capital being its biggest roadblock, One needs to explore ways to fuel big-ticket infra projects.

#Power : 24*7 power supply is our netas’ election promise. Serious crisis that the country has faced in this sector is corruption. Biggest ‘Coal Scam’ ruined the sector and investor’s hope. Transparent auction as promised by the new Govt. yet to be observed.

#Telecommunication : Though FDI allowed is 100%, India’s telecommunication is incomplete.

#Government policies and regulations should never increase cost of production.

#Reforms in education to be rolled out with long term goals.

India Inc. set to make only with the process being simpler.

Last but not least, India Inc. expects long pending rate cut from RBI. Early 2015 to see Central Bank’s soft stand. There is no need for India to compromise on its values while making economic reforms.

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India bats for Smart Cities

Smart city’ is a buzzword of just six months old. Our Netas are inspired by smart cities and smart villages overtime bureaucrats are indulged in formulating guidelines for the same. In several occasions, we have learnt that Ministry Of Urban Development will release the draft on Smart Cities by this month end. Do you know Beijing invests several lakh crores for its smart city projects? But, the same concept of Smart City means something different to India. Govt. has allotted 7000 Crores for Smart Cities in its maiden budget.

All Indian cities/city capitals have two faces: One with urban infrastructure and the other, slums. Recent NSSO survey revealed that there are over 33,500 slums in India. Maharashtra tops the list followed by Andhra Pradesh. It is time now to restructure these slums rather than evacuating them. Nobody can deny that 24 hours power, safe drinking water, hygienic environment should add to proposed features. Sanitation is another obvious focus. Later focus is smart features like adaptive traffic monitoring systems, e-governance initiatives, e-access to education, healthcare, transportation, Wi-Fi hotspots, GPS and other satellite tracking systems etc.  With growing appetite for smart apps, Bengaluru Police has already installed Kiosk machines to file FIRs on the go and an app to locate the same.

Some key points that really matter to the Govt. Of India:

  • Co-ordination among various ministries and to streamline administration machinery in formulating the project.
  • This project is to be marketed as big-ticket initiative to promote “Make In India”.
  • Unskilled Labour employed in construction projects must be a part of restructured Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).
  • To realise the very big scope for Power Sector in India and to integrate it with Smart Cities.
  • Design and Develop cities so as to focus on long-term economic growth.
  • India has already partnered with USA in developing smart cities and is partnering with other nations too. Therefore, this project is sensitive in promoting diplomatic relations.
  • A smart system in place to make habitats safe and secure is a key consideration.
  • More flexible cities to always allow migrants to settle.
  • Cyber security to stabilise e-governance systems.
  • Recent floods in Jammu & Kashmir and the cyclone Hudhud proved that smart cities are nothing if they are not disaster proof.

 

One major hurdle faced by all nations to build smart cities in common is “Funding”. India must use the newly formed BRICS Bank to the fullest and promote investments in infra sector at a time industrial sentiments are on the rise.

It is with the people of India to watch keenness of our lawmakers in proving their mettle to overcome these hurdles.

As always discussion is welcome.

Solving the Swachh equation

The recent initiative “Swachh Bharat” is not more than a renewed sanitation mission to accomplish cleaner and better livelihood in the country. This time around, the mission with similar targets as before, has created buzz across the country and made people a part of it. With celebrities picking up brooms to clean roads, people are encouraged to contribute to the mission.

Deriving the ‘Clean’:

Cleaner India should not just be limited as an urban phenomenon but must include every village and slum. This five years’ 1800 crore mission will have two factors to take it to success. Firstly, the behavioural change and secondly, the Govt.’s role.

Let us now discuss each factor in specific:

  1. Behavioural Change: People are always fascinated to see foreign countries and spectacular New Delhi’s Rashtrapathi Bhavan to witness its clean and bright roads. I have a short case study here: When I was in Tiruchchirappalli (Tamil Nadu) railway station two days back, I felt really honoured to walk on clean platforms. I knew about the programme taken up by the station officials by reading newspapers and anyway I had to witness the same only 48 hours ago. Those platforms look like no commuter can ever get an intention to throw wastes. Soon after I boarded, I was embarrassed to see a man throwing his used tea cup on to the train track as I said he couldn’t throw it on platform. I was later realised to know that he really bothered walking up to the dustbin which was just 20m away. Therefore this mind-set needs change.
  2. Govt.’s role is also crucial in encouraging public. Beyond that, I feel some of the following measures to be taken up :
  • Govt. must also include rag pickers in this mission. Roadside rag pickers should get more awareness about their role.
  • Allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in promoting waste management through modern techniques.
  • This mission is incomplete if industrial wastes ignored. Relevant techniques should be installed to tackle it.
  • Support local technology that promotes cleanliness and eco-friendly atmosphere.
  • Include Cleanliness in the curriculum right from school education paving way for next generation behavioural change.

India has now realised the importance of sanitation and more importantly to make people participate.

Thank You.

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Diplomatic touch

Briefing Indian diplomacy:

To handle international negotiations, India has relatively large diplomatic network. Indian diplomacy has its missions in almost every country which includes High Commissions, Embassies and others. India has been very active in engaging with other nations and partnering the same in promoting bilateral resources.  Ministry of External Affairs had set up its Public Diplomacy wing in 2006 to proactively discuss and entertain foreign policy statements of the country.

The ministry has taken many initiatives to elevate conversations with the world on day to day basis. And there are many instances in looking into issues of NRIs. Its e-governance initiatives are amazing. Let me share some of its webpages and social media handles.

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/MEAINDIA

www.facebook.com/IndianDiplomacy

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MEAIndia

https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy

For passport related queries: https://twitter.com/CPVIndia

Webpages:

http://www.mea.gov.in

http://www.voiceofindia.com

http://www.indiaperspectives.in/

So, you are few clicks away from your executive.

Recent and renewed developments:

I should now say it is a perfect mix of economic diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, and even cricket diplomacy as is witnessed in the delegation led by PM to Australia. The new Prime Minister has defined it the rock concert style and is extremely successful in connecting with the NRI community. Not every country has diaspora like India does. World Leaders must be taking notes.

When it comes to foreign policy, Pakistan comes first though it should not be the case. Now, India is the most sought in any coalition be it BRICS or G20. India has rolled out its ambition to turn itself as manufacturing hub by launching “Make In India” campaign. I think this is nearly impossible without being given priority in foreign policy statements.

Let us observe some recent foreign policy achievements:

  • BRICS Bank – India to chair the bank. Equal contribution from all BRICS countries as India proposed. India thinks it is the key driver to fund infrastructure projects.
  • Border tensions – India cancelled secretary level meeting with Pakistan when the High Commissioner of latter met separatists. I think India should be consistent with this stand.Also India took up the issue of Chinese incursions with Chinese Prime Minister during his visit.
  • G20 – India reiterated its will to boost infrastructure and therefore facilitate investments through amending labour laws and FDI structure.
  • “Look East” Policy is a part of India’s foreign policy which was first adopted by the then Prime Minister P.V.Narasimha Rao. It has now gained momentum and turned to be “ACT EAST” Policy. Galvanizing ties with Australia and Fiji are positive signs.
  • Latest development shows US President accepts invitation to attend Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi next January. This is the first time an US President will travel to India for the Republic Day parade. Perhaps, this is the biggest diplomatic achievement.
  • WTO Negotiations- US compromised and listened to India on Bali- trade agreement. India to make final report on its stand by the year end.

India has been delicately combining its democratic interests with global integration.

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